Vientiane, Sep 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here. This was their eighth meeting in the last two years. According to sources, both leaders reviewed immediate priorities in the strategic partnership. President Obama praised Prime Minister Modi’s initiatives to reform the economy, he said that the passage of GST will unleash significant economic activity. The two leaders also reviewed the progress on Indo-US collaboration in nuclear energy, solar energy and innovation
The highlight of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s dialogue, however, was the invitation Prime Minister Modi extended to President Obama to visit India after he demits office. President Obama responded by saying that he and First Lady Michelle Obama, were yet to see the Taj Mahal .
“Two democracies and a defining partnership of our era! PM meets President Obama @POTUS on sidelines of EAS,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. (ALSO READ: One country in neighbourhood producing, exporting terror: Narendra Modi)
The meeting was “extremely warm and cordial”, Swarup said after the meeting. This could be their last meeting as leaders of the two countries with Obama’s second term as US President coming to an end in November. They met for the first time at the White House in September 2014 when Modi travelled to Washington DC at the invitation of Obama. Modi had also exchanged views with Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China’s Hangzhou on Sunday, with the US president praising the “bold policy” move on GST reform in a “difficult” global economic scenario.
(With inputs from PTI)